Yesterday at the ITE Technical Conference, the Institute of Transportation Engineers' announced the 9th Edition of the Trip Generation report will come out this July AND there will be a cloud based app available to access the data. I am very excited about this development and applaud ITE for moving one of our industry's most used resources into the 21st Century.
I'm sure 1000 people have had the idea to put Trip Generation in the Cloud in the last few years – I pulled our then International Board DIstrict Director, Steve Manhart, aside about three years ago and proposed the idea to him. I hope Trip Generation will become a living document. Here are some features I'll be looking for -
- Tiered subscription based pricing so very occasional users can pay a reasonable fee to access the data while heavy users can pay a bigger annual fee that is actually cheaper for them per use. There are many cities out there that need to access this database once or twice a year. The days of making them buy a $412 book should be over.
- Online submission of trip generation data for inclusion in the report. We've submitted half a dozen trip generation studies for inclusion in the report. Based on first hand experience – the 1970s based paper form is painful.
- More frequent updates. Because traffic studies are based on this dataset, agency staff need the ability to go back and double check the calculations as part of their review. This probably means we can't have a living dataset that is altered every time new data is submitted. However, there's no reason a new edition can't be published each January 1st.
- The ability to access previous Editions of Trip Generation. Whether the dataset is published on a ten year cycle, a four year cycle, or an annual cycle; we'll end up with a traffic study submitted with data from one Edition that gets approved after the next Edition was released. Reviewers need to be able to access the most current dataset as well as the previous dataset. Researchers would also like the ability to access more than just the previous dataset.
- I hope they have a standalone app that can allow us to access the data, but also sell a reasonable subscription so TEAPAC, Traffix, and other traffic study related software applications can directly pull in the data.
I'd love to hear more suggestions related to Trip Generation.